Meet Broadway Wiz Bright Star, Matthew from Cookeville, TN.

His favorite show is RENT, and in addition to being a performer, he is also a director, choreographer, and wig designer!

On average, how many Broadway shows do you see a year?

How many local shows or community theater shows do you see a year?

Favorite Broadway show:

All-time favorite performer:
Anthony Rapp

Songs you like to belt in the shower:
“Soul Of A Man”

Favorite piece of theater memorabilia you own:
AA poster from my production of RENT (assistant directed, choreographed, and played Mark in 2013) signed by OBC members of RENT.

Most memorable performance you’ve ever seen:
The Color Purple revival with the original cast. I have never been more moved than seeing Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson perform on that stage. It was magical.

Best interaction you have had with another theater fan:
At the first ever BroadwayCon – just being in the presence of other theatre fans, walking up and starting conversations with others dressed as their favorite characters like you had known each other forever.

Why do you love theater?
It’s a huge part of my life. I began performing at a very young age, and have always used theatre as an outlet to be whatever I wanted to be, and to escape the real world for a while. I think the arts are such an extraordinary thing that can help encourage and guide so many, and it’s important to expose our youth to the arts so they can better understand and develop their own creative style.

Dream roles?
Mark in RENT was an absolute dream, but a few others that I’ve yet to play are: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Charlie in Kinky Boots, Emmett in Legally Blonde, Huey in Memphis, and the list goes on and on.

Best stagedoor or backstage experience?
I did a study abroad trip to London, and had several wonderful stagedoor experiences on the West End. Some of the nicest performers stood and talked, some for half an hour, and were so genuine. Also, meeting and getting autographs from the entire cast of Fun Home was pretty epic. I also got to witness Matthew Morrison’s final performance in Finding Neverland. That was amazing.